Today was weigh-in and follow up with Dr V.
Before I share the results I have a little secret I want to share.
When I started Fat Be Gone I promised myself, and you, I would share warts and all.
For years I’ve been struggling with an aliment that affects lots of people everyday; ‘the black dog’ – depression. Most of the time you would never know. Like many who suffer, I’ve got good at hiding it.
There, I’ve said it.
According to the latest Beyond Blue tv commercial, 3 million Australians suffer from depression or anxiety.
Why share something that is so personal? You may not realise it, but you are an important part of my support network, and if I can’t be honest with you – well, who can I be?
I believe the more people talk about their mental health issues, the quicker we will find acceptance. As it says in the 2012 Mental Health Commission, ‘Report Card’: “It is not about ‘us’ and ‘them’, it’s about everyone”.
Over the last ten years I’ve used it as an excuse to seek comfort in food. But no more. Dr V and I have talked long and hard about the vicious cycle I have experienced;
eat – get depressed – comfort eat – get depressed – eat some more – get stressed because I comfort ate – eat some more – and so on…
I’m not saying this is typical for everyone – it’s just my experience.
As my health, and lifestyle improves so will my mental health. As the weight drops I’ll be able to exercise more, which will help release the endorphins. This can help modulate diet, enhance immune, and help reduce the affects of stress. If you want to know more about endorphins there is a plethora of info on the web.
Over the past week there have been a few challenges that have thrown me a few curve balls, which added extra stress. But I have to tell you, I’m so bloody proud of myself. Not ONCE did I seek solace in a packet of Tim Tams, order takeaway food, or guzzle soft drink. Woo Hoo!
Some special meals for ‘one’.
Here are three of the meals I whipped up this week
Blueberry and skim milk shake for brekkie.
Stir fry vegies with brown rice for lunch.
Turkey Lettuce Pockets for dinner.
Here it is people – the results you have been waiting for:
Current weight: 158.8 kilos = 2.1 kilos loss!
Blood pressure: 120/90 (apparently that’s in the normal range – that made me HAPPY!)
Cholesterol: 5.2 (it’s borderline, but still good – the Dr was happy)
Sugars: Great! No diabetes (this is awesome! – early diabetes is often associated with obesity)
Now, the not so good:
Iron levels: 10 (this is at the extreme end of the scale – Dr wasn’t happy)
Vitamin D: 28 (the normal is 76 – Dr definitely not happy)
If you read my Facebook posting this week you will know I had a ‘dizzy episode’ at the checkout. Dr V said she wasn’t surprised after seeing those results.
What does this all mean? I will need to take Vitamin D and Iron supplements, spend 15-30 minutes in the sunshine each day, and keep up the exercise.
Overall, I’m proud and happy of what I’ve achieved so far. One day at a time right?
I have a favour to ask you – I was wondering if you could send me any healthy recipes for ‘one’.
Can’t wait to hear from you.